The team

Ilja Smitt | Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Ilja Smitt (born 1970) was employed with the TV producer John de Mol (Endemol) when his father Willem Smitt offered him 1n 1992 a position in the circus business. He became managing director of State Circus Entertainment in 1996. In 1994 he married Katja Bondareva. They have two children.

Katja Smitt-Bondareva | Creative Director

Katja Bondareva (born 1972) grew up in the Russian State Circus. As a young girl she started her career as a springboard artist in the circus ring together with her father. After studying language and economics in The Netherlands she joined the Russian circus troupe Rosgoscirck in 1995 with the aim of developing a new programme, among others with the team of the famous clown André Nikolaev. In 1996 she took on the position as creative director with State Circus Entertainment (SCE).

Willem Smitt | Vorsitzender SCE-Aufsichtsrats und Stiftung Wintercircus

Willem Smitt (born 1939) began his professional career as journalist. With Story (launched 1974) he produced the first Dutch tabloid. Further print productions, e.g. Privé, were to follow. In 1990, Willem Smitt acquired the marketing rights for the renowned Moscow State Circus and founded State Circus Entertainment. Today, Willem Smitt chairs the SCE supervisory board as well as the Wintercircus Foundation that was created by him.

Alexander Bondarev  l  Leiter Technic & Logistic 

Alexander Bondarev submitted his application for the Moscow circus school at the age of 14 and became an acrobat. For a time he headed a group comprising over 40 artists. Since 1996 he is responsible for technology and logistics at State Circus Entertainment.